We are in a visual world. The 21st century has come and it brought with it its amazing technology features. One of them being social media. It made everything closer to us and it gave us the opportunity to express our selves. From posts to stories, social media had its major break throughout time. Some of them help make the world a better place. While the other think that they’re doing something good. We don’t blame them of course. Each of us has his own way of processing the thoughts and the ideas, some of us discuss them publicly, others confess to their journals.
But is it all that good? how does it cause your body image issues?
What Influences Body Image ?
Our article for today will get into a very sensitive topic and that is: Low self-esteem and insecurity. I know what you’re thinking.
How could someone hate himself, or how could anyone look down at himself. These questions are the first to come in mind the moment you hear about this mental illness.
But we keep addressing this topic from the wrong angle though. Instead of asking why they get influenced, you should ask What influences body image?
What Is Body Image?
These word have been associated with media. As it has a huge impact on the way you see yourself. Whether it’s a positive look or a negative one.
But we don’t really know what they really mean… Do they summon feeling of love and value or shame and hatred.
As a result of a small talk with a few of my personal friends. I came up with a description to sum up its meaning.
Body image is the feeling you get when you stare at yourself in the mirror. In other words Body image is a person’s own perception of his aesthetics and sexual attractiveness. It usually involves them seeing where they stand in comparison to the standards set by society.
As we all know that society puts beauty and the physical looks of the human body above all. And a person’s view on himself may not correspond to what others see fit. But let’s put more emphasis on “The standards set by society”. This is where the media plays its role. Mr Paul Schilder talked about this issue in his book The Image And Appearance Of The Human Body.
Body Image Issues’s Factors:
What image you have on your body can go both ways. And it’s determined by 4 factors:
- Firstly, how you look at your body is what makes up your personal perceptual body image. And its not the correct representation of how you actually look.
- Secondly, the way you feel about yourself is your actual affective body image.
- Thirdly, your thinking about your physic is what causes your cognitive body image.
- Lastly, we have the behaviors caused by your body image issues.
What Negatively Influences Body Image:
Exposure to mass media (television, movies, magazines, Internet), is correlated with obesity and low self-esteem which may lead to many issues.
But how does it affect us exactly? I’m gonna tell exactly how. But firstly I ask you to watch this video.
It’s very sad seeing these beautiful young ladies doubt their worth and themselves. It hurt to know that a 6-year-old girl is starving herself because she THINKS she is fatter than her friends and because they make fun of her.
A 10-year-old girl doesn’t feel comfortable in her own skin because she is not like others. Things like that tend to make our teenagers grow up in a rather toxic environment which leads then to develop insecurity issues and depression.
And that says a lot about us as a society.
How Are Little Girls Insecure?
Why would a little girl feel like this a young age. She isn’t mature enough to know these kinds of troubles and body image issues. These are the questions that are roaming your mind as your reading this article.
But kids grew up in a rather toxic environment.
Being told that beauty has its own standards. Fair skin, small waist, an hour glass figure, and on and on. These simple comments may lead a few of them to question their body confidence at an early age.
Body Confidence Is Important.
A part of the media gives us a mistaken image about how we should be. From Instagram giving a platform for some ladies to show off their clearly manufactured bodies, and claiming that they are natural. Or that they got those results out of hitting the gym, or out of following some weird strict diet. Or even used a shape wear in order to look that flawless, but of course that is only a marketing tool to get more buyers for their brands.
You Should Overcome You’re Body Image Issues:
But again what influence body image? It can’t be just comments or posts…
It runs deeper than that, It’s very old and engraved into our roots. Let’s put examples for that shall we?!
Examples On What Influences Body Image:
We’ll start with the first thing a girl sees apart from real life people. It’s TV, and precisely animation movies. And we know no better than the big studio Disney. Let’s focus a little more on what content they share. All of Disney princesses are utterly beautiful and there is no doubt in that. But sometimes those standards look a little unfeatched.
Let us use Belle as a mere example. She has a slender figure (hourglass), very fair pale-ish skin, rosy cheeks, natural pink lips, long brown locks and doey eyes.
It does come of a bit as unnatural. Having a teenager girl (17 years old) look like that is a bit weird. I mean sure there are young women who look flawless even at a young age but seriously? No acne ? Zero stretch marks ? No pimples?? Nothing ?!! It really close to impossible…
As a result of showing a 3-year-old little girl that. Sometimes they start to think that to be pretty she’s gonna have to resemble a Disney princess. Some of them even go to thinking that anything else is considered unacceptable and freakish.
She may see fat and stretch marks and having a round face as something to be ashamed of. As something that she should hide. And this is what leads them to have low self-esteem as grown women.
Barbie And Bratz Dolls:
I’ll give you another example.
Here we have two of the most famous dolls to even exist. The Bratz dolls and the Barbie doll.
We all would love nothing more than to look like a doll. Have a small waist yet be very thicc in the hips’ area. Be able to wear a sweetheart neck with a decent amount of breasts.
But looking like one will most likely turn out bad. We’d have abnormal lips. Adding to a very small nose that it’d be almost impossible to breath through. And of course scary cat like eyes.
Plus some researches showed that if Barbie was real, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
Real Life Influencing Factors:
But there are other influencers not just our childhood sweethearts. What about models? Some consider them the real culprit. They are the ones who really promote the “perfect image”.
We first watch this video then we finish our conversation.
Have you ever thought to look at these young ladies from their point of view? What’s wrong with their body image you may ask?
Models are by far the most effected by the media. Knowing that they are in the public eye and that people just wait for them to mess up.
But how could they have body image issues thought?
Agencies give very high and tough standards for those who want to be a part of their job. You have to be thinner, and taller, and paler, there will always be a problem with you to them. You’re never enough in their eyes.
But what do we say to these guys ? F.You, you Dementors!!!
So who’s the real villain in this story ? Who is the culprit?
Body Image Can Cause So Many Issues.
Anyone who advertises any beauty standards is at fault. For instance the people who run the beauty pageants. In addition to the people who let you believe that anything less than what they see beautiful is not enough. All the beauty channels that show case one type of women. All the Instagram pages that post about beauty standards.
They all are to be blamed on the lack of our body confidence. They try to ruin our view on ourselves. It’s partially their fault that young girls look at themselves and think that they are not pretty.
Thankfully people are more aware of what influences body image and are trying to solve it. And we can’t be prouder of them as females and as humans.
Celebrities That Rode The “I’m Comfortable In My Body” Train:
As I said before there is a number of Stars that decided it enough. They wanted to influence their fans. Make them see their value and make them believe that they are perfect just the way they are.
Most of them used their musical abilities to move the emotions of people. And we have a list of the most influencing songs in the music industry:
You don’t have to be ashamed of your weight. You’re perfect with all your cellulite and fat.
Don’t let anyone tell you what your worth is. Don’t let them steal your light…
Pretty Is You!!
Being pretty doesn’t always mean being happy. Never sacrifice your happiness for something that goes away with time.
If you ever feel unworthy remember that you mean something to someone. And try not to let them down. Always hold your head high and say “I’m freaking perfect”
You Are Powerful!
You never dare and change for someone. The world is obliged to accept you just the way you are. You are beautiful and all your flaws and scars just add to your beauty.
Don’t put anyone in your mind and always fight for what YOU believe is right. That is to say be strong for your self.
Most importantly, challenge everyone yourself included . Rise from the ashes and make them regret hurting you. Be beyond awesome and stand tall like a skyscraper.
Be Positive About Your Body!
They will try to make you behave…They will try to stop you from spreading your wings. Just flip them the bird and go nuts. Forget all about your negative body image.
They will make lose trust in yourself regularly. And for the most part you will comply to their wishes. And you will lose your body confidence. But know and without a doubt that you are more than allowed to rebel. Not only that but also you have power and spunk so don’t let go to waste. And make them kneel!!
You Are Beautiful
It’s okay to feel. It’s normal to hurt and to lose. But know that your tears only mean that you tried. Bruises and scars show that you made an effort. Sometimes You will lose your way. You will get stuck and you won’t know how to come back. Sometimes you won’t be okay, and that fine. You just have to be true to yourself and don’t forget your true colors.
Celebrities Who Call For Body Confidence:
There is a very huge number of celebrities who themselves suffered from body image issues. They got judged and criticized for their body, but they didn’t like that. And they decided to share their stories and help fellow females feel better about themselves in addition to gain their body confidence.
We first have the amazing Rihanna.
Riri explained that her love for fashion and makeup is her safe escape from all the body image issues she suffers from. Moreover, all her fashion lines and makeup product (We love us some Fenty beauty Ladies) are for other females to feel safe. Whether they were dark skinned or white skinned , and whatever shape and size they were. We love our Badgal Riri for all her efforts to make the females more encouraged, empowered and to have body confidence.
Be Proud Of How You Look!
On second hand we have the beautiful Selena Gomez.
Selena was always known for her fight against body image issues and her efforts on stopping what influences it. But she herself had her share of disrespectful comments about her gain of weight after she had her kidney transplant. So her answer was this video with a very inspiring caption. Telling her fans that she was happy and even thought she may have gained a few pounds.She still loves herself, and she has nothing to prove for anyone.We love Selena for her body confidence and for her amazing spirit.
Further, in our list we have Serena Williams.
You Don’t Have To Change For Anyone!
Williams is no stranger to hurtful body shaming. She was always insulted and criticized for her body shape.
But Serena was never scared to reply and drag all the haters through the mud. After being called a man. Serena pointed to her biceps and said “This is me, and this is my weapon and machine.”
Williams addressed the people who body shamed her during her pregnancy saying, that she was very proud that her tummy was showing when she played. She usually calls herself, strong and sexy. We adore her for that body confidence.
Body Confidence Is Makes You Happier.
Lastly in our list we have the gorgeous Lili Reinhart.
A picture of Lili circulate the internet. I know it’s normal and all, but this pictures was unflattering of her stomach. And that made fans think she was pregnant. When she told them she wasn’t, she got body shamed.
And that broke her heart. She took the matter to her Instagram and posted a story saying: “It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant. Nope. Not pregnant. This is just my body. And sometimes I’m bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time when I gain weight. My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure. Bye.”
Then she gave a speech in Glamour’s event. Explaining to people why we should be more aware of our body image issues. Lili is an amazing example to the young educated generation. We adore her.
This Concludes my article for today. I hope that it helped you look at yourself differently. And never forget…..You’re pretty… beautiful…flawed… More importantly YOU are perfect just the way you are. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
Stay tuned babes…XOXO!
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